RuthixCube

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  1. RuthixCube

    RuthixCube Trains her Dragons

    Challenge endings always catch me by surprise with how quickly they come. Total scoring: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Self care 5 4 2 5 Finances 8 7 6 7 Health (-2)+3 = 1 1 (-3)+1 = (-2) (-1)+2 = 1 Other 3 2 2 3 Total 17 14 8 16 Started off all right, kind of down hill in the middle, but I picked it back up for the last week and at least made the minimum points. This past week went a lot better than previous weeks. My sister went with me to look at an apartment on Friday and it might just be the one, all I have to do now is apply. The landlord talked our ears off for 2 hours (I'm not even exaggerating); I feel like I know more about him than some of my family/friends haha. The unit itself is a small place, townhouse style with a basement, 2 bed with a tiny 'bonus' room that will probably be a shared den for my brother and I, 1 bath, front porch, and access to a shared yard in the back. This is an end unit too, which is ideal, and it's cheaper than pretty much everything else I've seen or found. Only downsides are 1) street parking, which really isn't a HUGE deal, just not preferred, 2) tiny little bathroom with the smallest tub I've ever seen - also not a huge deal, I can make it work, and 3) I'd need to buy my own washer and dryer for the hook ups in the basement. Given how inexpensive the rent is, I should be able to swing this. I'm going to fill out the paperwork today, and send it to the landlord tonight or tomorrow. Saturday was my birthday, which ended up being more exhausting than anything else. I didn't make any plans, but ended up with a full day regardless. The BF and I were invited to breakfast with his mom and her BF the night before, so we did that first thing in the morning. After that we had some down time to go back to his and relax before I left to do family stuff. My Grandmother scheduled a time for my sister, she, and I to go to a local tea house for afternoon tea. It was actually really nice - the tea was delicious (I went with a vanilla orange jasmine oolong), and they were kind enough to tailor my portion of the food to work around my inability to eat dairy and almonds. We went back to my grandparents for cake and champagne with my dad and grandfather. It was nice to have the evening to wind down with BF and play some video games, as spending time with my dad's family always ends up stressing me out. BF gave me a really thoughtful gift - all the tools and ingredients needed to make my own cold brew and simple syrup, as well as teaching me how to make them. I drink cold brew coffee pretty much everyday, but I always get it from Dunkins cause I didn't have the supplies or know how to make it myself. Not only is this going to save me some time and be able to tailor it more to my tastes, but it's also going to save me a fair bit of money. Plus, it gives us an activity to do together, which is something we both enjoy having. Last night he taught me how to make Rosemary simply syrup, and next time we're going to make brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup. That's really all I've got for now. I'm going to take this next week to plan out my challenge for the next round. Expect some cut down and possibly even more simplification, maybe a '30' theme given my birthday. I'm not too sure yet, so I guess we'll all find out haha. Till next time
  2. RuthixCube

    RuthixCube Trains her Dragons

    This is definitely some crazy laughter, very similar to the laughter I had after my car got totaled a few years ago - like nervous/stress/anxious laughter. I guess it's a better reaction than having a nervous breakdown lol. I'm doing my best to keep myself going, and I have at least one other thing that I didn't list off my plate that was stressing me out. Hopefully some of the other stuff starts falling into place soon, especially the apartment thing. Thank you Thank you, Tank. I knew that's what this was, but it helps to see someone else say it too. I'm at such a loss with him, we all are. I don't want to see him flounder, but I can't be his keeper, and I shouldn't have to be. He's going to get this next year with me, but after that I need to move on and it will be up to him 100% to figure out his living situation. Hopefully in that time he will take up the responsibility to get his financials and job situation in order. I'll offer whatever resources I can, but I need some for myself too. I've gone back and forth with a few landlords since Monday, but as soon as I get to scheduling a viewing the communication stops on their end. I finally head back from one that is having an open house tonight, so I'm going to check it out. It's a nice place, out of date aesthetically, but I can live with that. All utilities are included and there is laundry in the unit, so it's pretty ideal. We'll see how it goes, but it could definitely be a contender. Don't really have much else to update on right now. Planning to workout tonight, but that's about it.
  3. RuthixCube

    RuthixCube Trains her Dragons

    NEW CHALLENGE TIME! Due to recent and upcoming events, I have to change my priorities for a while. The main reason for this change is that I’m aiming to move out and live entirely by myself for the first time in June. Other than that, I have a wedding at the end of March, my 30th birthday at the end of this challenge (YAY), and my coworker invited me to her daughter’s quinceanera in June (for which I need to buy a dress ). I’m sure more things will pop up along the way - I’ll have to take them as they come. With the shift in priorities, and having looked back on what worked and what didn’t last challenge, I’m doing a bit of an overhaul. Back in my early NF challenge days I used a point system, and that’s what I’m going back to. It gives me a little wiggle room to tailor minor goals to whatever my schedule is each week, while also keeping up with my main goals. All tracker info and updates will live in the post below this one. ><><><><><><><><>< Self care Dragon Journal: This will be staying the same. It can be anything from a few words to a few pages, I just need to get something out in order to manage my stress level. 4x per week. Declutter: I want to start my almost-spring cleaning. This includes going through clothes, re-organizing, decluttering, and purging stuff I don’t want/need/use. I’ve made a list of general tasks to complete in my tracker throughout the course of the challenge. Financial Dragon The goals: cut spending, save more, pay down debt, and sell anything I don’t need or want. Finances are going to be a big deal from here on out, so I’m making it the main focus. Spending/saving: I want to live on my own, and I’m stubborn enough to find a way to make it work. Sure, having roommates makes apartment living more affordable, but I’m genuinely sick of dealing with other people’s shit (can you tell I’m a little salty...lol). I get more stress from it than anything else, so I’m determined to do it on my own even if it means becoming a hermit and pinching my pennies. I’d also like to start on the path towards homeownership. In order to get on track for both of these, I need to see exactly where my money is going so I’m going to be tracking everything in a notebook. I’m not excited for this process, but it needs to happen. From there I can cut out unnecessary spending, be thrifty, and save, save, save the rest. Debt: Between the remainder of my car loan and two credit cards, the combined total of my debt is less than 10k. Not terrible, but not great either. I want to begin by paying down the higher interest debt that I’ve accumulated - the two cards. To do this, I can go one of two ways - 1) One card has a much lower balance on it, so I put more money towards it and pay that one off first. When that is done, I can put a larger monthly sum towards the other card. 2) If I can find a low or zero interest card to transfer both balances onto, then I’ll only have one payment per month instead of 2. Having the low or zero interest would be a HUGE help too, as I’d actually be paying the balance down. I want to look more into option 2, as interest is the real killer here. I’m going to do some research to see if that’s a possibility for me, and what options I have if it is. In the meantime, I’m going to work on option 1. Once these cards are done, I’ll go back to paying a larger sum each month towards my car until that’s gone too. Sell: Part of my self care goal is to declutter via almost-spring cleaning. In addition to throwing away and donating, I want to post any eligible items for resale online in order to make a little extra cash. Another thing I can try is to dig into my surplus of unused crafting supplies and make stuff to sell on etsy or wherever. Not sure how much luck I’ll have with that, but worse come to worst I’ll donate them. Health Dragon Diet: I’ll be continuing to cut down on soda this challenge as well. I’m not totally cutting it out yet, but that will come. Fitness: Workout 3x per week, though with less specificity as to what kind of routine I need to do. Last time around I wanted to stick with beginner bodyweight and/or kettlebell workouts, buuuut I don’t like to confine myself to a box. As long as I’m purposefully getting exercise one way or another, it counts. Misc. Dragon(s) There are a number of things I want to do outside of my main goals that I may not be able to do consistently every week or are only one-time events. Reading, photography, crafty stuff, updates, etc. They’re going here. Crafting: My mom asked me to crochet her some dish cloths, and I want to get those done before this challenge is out so I can ship them to her. Included in this category will be crafting things for an etsy shop or something of the like. Reading: I recently started a book called The Joy of Less, which is about minimalism and decluttering. I thought it would be a good thing to read while I go through my cleaning process. Photography: A continuation from last challenge, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with it regularly as I’d previously planned. I still need to find new editing software, but otherwise I’d like to get a few shoots in. Updates: Aiming for 2 per week overall, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. I’ll try to be better about following other challenges as well; I know I wasn’t super on top of that last time.